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on the offensive in his last live debate with challenger mitt romney. >> the german government pledges financial support for mali's embattled government but says it will send no combat troops. >> the plight of syria's refugees worsens, and the eu calls on countries to work harder to resolve the crisis. >> the u.s. election campaign is gathering momentum in its final two weeks. u.s. president barack obama and his republican challenger mitt romney have had their final tv debate. >> they sparred over foreign policy where the president is perceived to have a clear evanish, but with the economy on the minds of most -- most voters, the candidates repeatedly reverted to domestic policy to win support. >> with two weeks until the election, the last debate between u.s. president barack obama and challenger mitt romney is dominating the news cycle. the topic was foreign policy, and viewer polls showed romney struggled to distance himself from the president. >> romney has pretty much to reach his breaking point. he has no argument anymore, and he never answers questions straight up. >> i thought last night
seats up as mitt romney takes the fight to president obama in their first tv debate -- heat s up as mitt romney takes the fight to president obama in their first tv debate. >> michael schumacher announces his retirement. we do not want war, but we will protect our borders. that is the message from turkey after 24 hours that saw it launch multiple attacks on syria and a green light from lawmakers for more to damage the u.s. state department said it considered -- for more. >> the u.s. state department said it considered turkey's response to be proportionate. thursday morning, turkey launched a second round of shelling. some reports say several syrian soldiers were killed. >> the retaliation came after five turkish civilians were killed after syrian mortar fire. turkey says that syria has now apologized for that incident and has promised it would not happen again. >> it is a small turkish town bordering war-torn syria. it has come under the line of fire. syrian borders struck a residential neighborhood, killing five civilians -- syrian mortars struck a residential neighborhood, killing five
, was seen to have gotten the better of his republican rival, mitt romney, in the second debate. that came after mitt romney's feisty performance gave him valuable ground in the first debate. >> let's take a look at what we can expect in their last encounter before the election. >> mitt romney says he wants to make america great again. something he says obama has failed to do. he thinks the u.s. should flex its muscles a little bit more in the middle east. >> i will not hesitate to impose new sanctions on iran, and will tighten the sanctions we currently have. i will restore the permanent and i will work with israel to increase our military assistance and coordination. >> romney says he would not rule out a military attack against iran. his advisers, who include some bush-era foreign-policy hawks, say showing weakness rather than strength is provocative. obama also says he wants to promote u.s. interests around the world. instead of military strength, he believes that can best be achieved through reconciliation, dialogue, and cooperation. he has shaken head -- hands with hugo chÁvez. he s
mitt romney say early voting could be a decisive factor in the election. obama became the first president to vote early. e usualed his supporters to exercise their rights before election day, november 6th. obama made the same pitch in the 2008 presidential election. votes cast early accounted for about 30% of the total. >> all across the country we're seeing a lot of early voting. it means you don't have to figure out if the you need to take time off from work, figure out how to pick up the kids. >> experts say the share of early votes this time could reach 35%. the figure could exceed to 60% in swing states such as colorado and florida. >>> a new opinion poll suggests romney has topped 50% support among likely voters. that's the first time he's hit that mark. pollsters for abc news and "the washington post" surveyed about 1,400 likely voters from sunday through wednesday. 50% of respondents said they would vote for romney, 37% for obama. the pollsters ask who would better manage the economy. 52% said romney. 43% said obama. the election is decided by the number of electoral vot
profited from the situation? >> for mitt romney, it is a difficult situation because national disaster times are times when politics are supposed to be put aside, so campaigning too early might hurt him, but it is the only thing he can do because he does not have any form of public office. that is why the campaign is putting him back up to speed on wednesday. he already had a campaign stop. for president obama, it is exactly the contrary because every day he seems to be commander-in-chief is better for him where he can do something as a president. his campaign management is taking its time to put him back on the trail, but pundits agree that the whole situation probably helped president obama more than it helped mitt romney. to what extent is quite unclear still. >> thanks for joining us. we will have a report about the election campaign in a little bit. >> airports in new york and new jersey were also crippled by the storm sandy. only two are now a starting to get back to business. >> it will still take time until air travel is back up and running at normal pace. >> new york's la guar
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." >>> barack obama and mitt romney are moving from locking horns to locking down votes. the u.s. presidential candidates wrapped up their third and final debate ahead of the november 6th election. they sparred over foreign policy and their discussion touched on everything from the situation in the middle east to relations with china. nhk world's anthony izaki reports from boca raton, florida. >> reporter: it started with a handshake, but the friendliness ended there. president barack obama and mitt romney spent the next 90 minutes to both outwit and outmaneuver each other. obama highlighted the foreign policy achievements of his administration over the past four years. >> we ended the war in iraq, refocused our attention on those who actually killed us on 9/11. and we're now able to transition out of afghanistan in a responsible way, making sure that afghans take responsibility for their own security. and that allows us also to rebuild alliances and make friends around the world to combat future threats. >> reporter: on the other hand, romney accus
tv debate. president obama will go head-to- head with mitt romney and the stakes are high for both men. >> romney has had a rough few weeks with gaffes. obama is desperate to open up a clear lead with over a month until election day. >> and have been both preparing for the debate in denver. >> the first presidential debate is causing havoc, highways. security is tight in denver. the state of colorado is a tossup between the candidates, making this crucial period every di tella said, even the room temperature and lighting. president obama leads republican challenger mitt romney by three percentage points in national polls. romney is within striking distance. both men have been preparing for weeks. president obama's advisers have been telling him not to be professorial. do not speak for too long. for mitt romney, they're saying do not commit a gaffe. try to stay on message. that is why he has practiced. >> mitt romney arrived in denver early, visiting a mexican fast- food restaurant. this and a 7% of hispanic voters in the u.s. support obama. the president spent three days preparing
.s. president barack obama and republican challenger mitt romney have held their second televised debate three weeks ahead of the presidential election. the debate on tuesday featured questions from more than 80 uncommitted voters. the atmosphere was far more heated than in their last encounter. >> in the last four years you cut permits and licenses on federal land and federal waters in half. >> not true, governor romney. >> so how much did you cut? >> here's what we did. there were a whole bunch of oil companies -- >> i had a question and the question was how much did you cut them by? >> want me to answer a question. >> how much did you cut them by? >> obama criticized romney for promising he won't increase the deficit but failing to address cutting middle-class taxes by calling only for eliminating legal loopholes. romney counterargued that obama's administration has doubled the federal deficit instead of cutting it in half as promised. obama gave a lackluster performance at the first presidential debate. however, he sparked fiercely in the second round. according to a cnn poll soon after th
. >> barack obama and mitt romney go head-to-head in a fiery debate three weeks ahead of presidential elections. >> the german soccer team face up to their humbling draw in their world cup qualifier in sweden. peace negotiators for the colombian government and the farq rebel group are in talks to end decades of conflict that have claimed tens of thousands of lives and still on the nation's economic and political development. >> the fark is thought to have about 10,000 rebels, but that is down from twice that number a few years ago. >> they have been tasked with reaching a deal with rebels. after months of planning, both sides agreed to a close-door meeting in oslo. >> we are leaving now with hope, with moderate optimism. we do not believe ij and false expectations, but we think that the structural elements exist that will allow us to have hope, and hopefully, we have good news for columbia -- colombia. >> for almost half a century, leftist farc guerrillas have waged war, financing their campaign through drug trafficking and hostage-taking. their most prominent captive was the former c
. u.s. president barack obama and his republican challenger, mitt romney, debated the economy, health care, and the role of government. their debate took place in colorado, one of the battleground states that could decide the election next month. nhk world's mami mochizuki reports from denver. >> reporter: this could turn out to be the most scrutinized event in the election. the first televised debate ahead of the november vote. for both candidates, risks are high. >> president obama and governor romney. [ applause ] >> reporter: americans got their first chance to size up the candidates side by side. they've watched the incumbent for four years. barack obama came into office promising to lead a turnaround. but economy growth has been sluggish. still, he leads in a number of polls, but only just. >> the only way to meet governor romney's pledge of not reducing the deficit, or not adding to the deficit, is by burdening middle-class families. now, that's not my analysis. >> reporter: mitt romney has tried to make the case that his business experience prepares him to lead a recovery. but
it could be a turning point in the u.s. election campaign. on one set, barack obama and their romney will go head to head for the first debate on live television. >> romney will be looking for a game changer in his campaign after some tough weeks. obama for his part is hoping to open up a significant lead in the polls. >> a debate is really all about the clash of ideas and his first one on domestic policy could see the biggest clash of all. >> that is because both candidates have very different ideas on the role of government to solve the country's problem. it is a dividing line that cuts right through american society. >> after a long day's work, as washington attorney enjoys being at home with his family. for months, the presidential race for the white house has stolen the headlines. he already knows he's voting for. >> i think romney offers a set of policy proposals which will grow the economy, of the port of poverty, all of the middle-class and provide jobs for the american people. >> republican candidate mitt romney want lower taxes and less government intervention. that's somet
maritime development. >>> barack obama and mitt romney will face off late monday in their final debate of the u.s. presidential campaign. but already the president and his republican rival are trading attacks. obama criticized romney for shifting positions on tax cuts for the wealthy and abortion. the president made the comments while campaigning in the closely contested state of virginia. >> he's changing up so much and back tracking and side stepping. we have got to name this condition that he is going through. i think it's called romnesia. >> romney said obama has resorted to petty attacks. a romney campaign official said it was silly for the president of the united states to begin uttering such words. a new poll from nbc news and the "wall street journal" suggest obama and romney are even at 47%. >>> minsters from about 40 countries are meeting in seoul to discuss a new framework on climate change. they're trying to narrow the differences between developed and developing nations. the minsters are preparing for the u.n. conference on climate change next month in doha, qatar. >> we w
romney and i are proposing. >> joe biden defended the president's record, saying the markets were in a free-fall when obama took office. he counterattacked by accusing mitt romney of holding hostage the middle class and not supporting the recovery. >> we knew we had the middle class. we immediately went out and rescued general motors. we cut taxes for the middle class. and in addition to that, when that occurred what did romney do? romney said no, let detroit go bankrupt. >> turning to foreign policy, ryan said the death of the u.s. ambassador to libya last month was a sign that obama's foreign policy is weakening. ryan criticized the current administration for ignoring a demand to strengthen security at the consulate. biden blamed the republican party, saying it pushed for drastic cuts in the security budget of diplomatic institutions. biden also cited the iraq war and the killing of al qaeda leader osama bin laden as major achievements of the obama administration. >>> nhk's correspondent in washington says some observers have criticized joe biden for frequently interrupting his
has put romney in a difficult position. one article says he faces the almost impossible task for defining himself in a story that has gripped the nation. romney's critics have pounced on a comment he made about the federal emergency management agency. he said the agency should be eliminated and its functions handled at state levels. the "new york times" said monday the disaster coordination is one of the federal government's most vital functions. romney reportedly failed to respond when asked on tuesday whether he has reconsidered his position. president obama would be speaking to crowd after crowd in swing states if it hadn't been for the storm. he has less than a week to convince undecided voters. most americans have already examined his record over the past four years. he started his term with a sentiment offered by many of those who came before him. >> that america can change. our union can be perfected. >> many americans have grown tired of what their country was come to represent under george w. bush. obama promised to change at home and abroad. he brought an end to the
clinton. >> president obama also joked about mitt romney's vast wealth. >> earlier today, i went shopping at some stores in the town. in their -- understand governor romney went shopping for some stores in midtown. but he also showed he could laugh at himself. >> this is the third time governor romney and i have met recently. as some of you may have noticed, i have a lot more energy in our second debate. i felt really well rested after the nice -- i had in the first debate -- be nice long nap i had in the first debate. >> and to was only a brief interlude before the campaign's returned to the trenches. >> the palestinian west bank is voting in elections this weekend that the government hopes will help overcome internal divisions and provide strength for a push for independence and statehood. >> the last time palestinians went to the polls was in 2006 for general elections, which were decisively won by the islamic hamas movement. >> hamas is refusing to take part in saturday's vote, which is being viewed with a leap by many in the secular party discovering that voters are becoming increasi
-performed last week. >> he said he had been too polite to romney. the vice-president attack targets. >> my friend recently said 30% of the american people are takers. these people are my mom and dad, my neighbors. they pay more effective tax down governor romney does. >> the two clashed over foreign affairs. ryan says the killing of the syrian ambassador prove that his policies are wrong. >> it makes us more we can project weakness. our adversaries are much more -- >> with all due respect, that's a bunch of malarkey. >> his campaign certainly needed a boost. >> more on the surprise announcement about the nobel peace prize. >> don't go away. >> produces high quality seeds, starting small. >> we have the trust. we have proved to the bank that a woman can be equally competitive. >> worldbank.org/gender. >> many european leaders are delighted that the eu has won the nobel peace prize but it comes at a time when they are facing the biggest financial crisis in its history. >> many politicians feel the monetary union should be extended to create more fiscal integration within the bloc. they are adamant
. romney accused obama of failing to lead in the middle east. is going to frame his positions ahead of the next presidential debate next week. we have some analysis from our russian and correspondents in just a moment, but first tier are a few clips. >> it is our responsibility and the responsibility of the president to use our greatest power to shape history, not lead from behind the. destiny at the mercy of events. i will put the leaders of iran on notice that the u.s. and our friends and allies will prevent them from acquiring nuclear weapon capability. i will not hesitate to impose sanctions on iran and will tighten the sanctions we currently have. >> max hoffman was in lexington for that speech. foreign policy was never at the heart of romney's message. he has always been about the economy. what did we learn about him here? are we looking at a new conservative republican? -- neo-conservative republican? >> they avoided the name "george w. bush" similar to ronald reagan's foreign-policy. they do not want to be in his corner. at the same time, they want to take advantage of the t
and renewable. republican presidential candidate mitt romney says if he is elected he will pursue a sharp increase in the production of oil and natural gas on federal lands and off the u.s. east coast. >> that would affect the residents of louisiana. energy policy is always on their minds after hurricane katrina and the bp oil disaster of 2010. that still has not changed their minds about wanting cheap sources of power. >> dean blanchard is known as the shrimp king of louisiana. he drives around barataria bay at high speed. and though it is hard to tell, things have slowed down for him leaping -- lately. in 2010, the oil spill paralyzed louisiana. since then, he is a shrimp king without shrimp. >> there is a lot of current that goes through here. the oil did not settle on the bottom. anytime the shrimp come through, they go in the park where there is no oil. >> on grand isle, there is oil as far as the eye can see. we are headed for one of the gulf's many oil rigs. dean steers through the petroleum slicks covering the surface. he is not against fossil fuels. >> [no audio] i believe in oil
since he took office, the unemployment rate fell below 8%. but his challenger, mitt romney, had a different take on the figures. he says they are actually a sign that things are getting worse. >> the unemployment rate, as you noted this year, has come down very slowly, but it has come down on the less. reason it has come down this year is primarily due to the fact that more and more people have just stopped looking for work. >> today's news certainly is not an excuse to try to talk down the economy to score a few political points. it is a reminder that this country has come too far to turn back now. we have made too much progress to return to the policies that led to the crisis in the first place. >> the two candidates have made radically different proposals on the way the u.s. economy should develop. it is not yet clear what effect the new employment numbers will have on the race for the white house. >> let's turn to the markets now and take a closer look at some market numbers. the dax ended the day 1.25% up. the euro stoxx 50 closed almost 2%. the dow jones currently going up
obama and challenger mitt romney prepare to face off in their second presidential debate. >> this one will really matter for the two men. the latest polls show the candidates running neck and neck with just a few weeks to go before the elections. they are especially focusing on swing states like ohio which could be key in determining the outcome. >> it is a warm welcome in youngstown for paul ryan, the vice presidential candidate and entire republican party are honing in on ohio. to retake the white house, they need to win the buckeye state. >> it is great to be here in youngstown. it reminds me of my town. i come from wisconsin. we live on the block i grew up on. it is a blue-collar, factory town. our part of wisconsin is just like this part of ohio. >> that strikes a chord with people here. they want jobs to come back to youngstown, returning the city to its heyday as a steel and auto industry hub. recent years have seen the local economy take a sharp downturn. steel makers left, and the auto supply industry hit rock-bottom in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. many businesses w
romney also canceled all campaign events in the state of virginia on sunday. both candidates are concerned about the impact on voting. >>> united nations officials are urging the government of myanmar to stop an ethnic conflict that's displaced tens of thousands of people. buddhists are fighting a muslim minority in the western state of rakhine state. >> reporter: the conflict involves majority buddhists and minority muslims called rohingyas. local authorities say the latest wave of violence has killed 84 people and wounded more than 120 others. the international group human rights watch released satellite images of muslim homes in the area. compared with photos from march, they reveal heavy damage. the united nations says the latest fighting has forced more than 22,000 people from their homes. the conflict flared in rakhine in may after a group of muslims allegedly assaulted a buddhist woman. the violence has displaced 75,000 people since then. president thein sein has made a policy of promoting reconciliation between ethnic minorities. the government signed a cease-fire in
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